Vanilla and wood, mushrooms and sometimes cigarettes

Apparently, that’s some of the scent “notes” to be detected in the distinctive smell of “old books”. For me, old books are those manky things that it’s almost guaranteed I’ll need to copy/carry a big pile of, almost always when I’m wearing a white top. Orange/brown smudges from when they lean against you is maybe not the most professional of looks…

There’s even a test been developed to help determine damage to older books, based on their distinctive smell. From that article, I’ve now learned that books made between 1850 and 1990 are more likely to deteriorate quickly due to the level of acidity in the paper. However, I’ve also learned from experience that law books, whenever they were made, in the hands of eager solicitors may deteriorate faster than you would have believed possible too. Hello detached-chucks-of-books!

Of course, if you object to the old book smell, the Hive Mind of the Internet has a few tips for getting rid of it. Although I can’t say that the smell of pot pourri would be much of an improvement, in my mind. And there’s also this spoof “Classic Musty” spray, if you’re more inclined that way, or have created a Steampunk style library that you need to smell old, and fast, before all your friends start picking on you for being too modern….

Author: Jennie

Law, libraries, books, crafts, and general geekery.

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